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Mr. J. Ramsbottom

1858 — DX Goods
1863 — 4ft Shunter
1870 — Special Tank

Mr. F.W. Webb

1873 — 17in Coal Engine
1880 — 18in Goods
1881 — Special DX
1881 — Coal Tanks
1893 — ‘A’ class
1894 — Crane Tank
1896 — Dock Tank
1901 — ‘B’ class
1903 — 1400 Class

Mr. G. Whale

1904 — ‘C’ class
1904 — ‘E’ class
1906 — ‘D’ class
1906 — ‘F’ class
1906 — ‘G’ class
1912 — ‘G1’ class
1906 — 19in Express Goods

Mr. C.J. Bowen Cooke

1911 — 1185 class

Capt. H.P.M. Beames

1923 — 380 class


1919 — ‘MM’ class

1185 class

Vital Statistics

Official Name 4ft 3in Eight-Coupled Shunting Engine
Nickname 1185
Water & Coal Storage Side Tanks and Bunker
Water Capacity 1,200 gallon
Coal Capacity 2¾ tons
Wheel Arrangement 0-8-2T
Driven Wheels Eight 4ft 5½in wheels
3rd pair flangeless
Carrying Wheels Two 3ft 8½in trailing wheels
Wheelbase 5ft 9in + 5ft 9in + 5ft 9in + 5ft 9in
Boiler 5ft 2in diameter; 14ft 6in long
Boiler Pressure 170 psi
Grate Area 23.6 sq.ft.
Tubes 276
Total Heating Area 1953.25 sq.ft.
Cylinders Two inside 20½ft diameter; 24in stroke
Weight 72 tons 0 cwt
Designer Mr. C.J. Bowen Cooke
Number in Class 30
Lifetime 1911—1951

In 1911 Mr. C.J. Bowen Cooke Explain 'Bowen Cooke, Charles J (1859—1920)' designed a tank Explain 'Tank Locomotive' version of the 0-8-0 ‘G’ class Explain '‘G’ 0-8-0 Locomotive Class' with a 170 psi Explain 'PSI (Pounds per Square Inch)' boiler Explain 'Boiler'. A pony truck Explain 'Pony Truck' was added at the rear to support the weight of the rear tank and extra coal capacity. They were intended for heavy shunting Explain 'Shunting' and were the first LNWR engines fitted with a reverser operated by a lever Explain 'Lever Reverse' — very much better than the Ramsbottom screw reverser  Explain 'Screw Reverse' for the frequent changes of direction when shunting.

They were given three-link couplings Explain 'Three Link Coupling' for goods work although a vacuum brake Explain 'Vacuum Brake' was included for emergency use on passenger trains Explain 'Passenger Train'. Initially long small buffers Explain 'Buffer' to Bowen Cooke’s design were fitted but these were quickly found to be unsuitable: the long throw-over on sharp curves led to buffer locking Explain 'Buffer Lock' , and so standard short Webb buffers Explain 'Webb Buffer' with large 18ft diameter heads were quickly fitted. These were used on engines for motor train Explain 'Motor Train' working and so could be picked quickly from stock.

The cabs continued in the profile initiated by the previous CME, George Whale Explain 'Whale, George (1842—1910)', but the rear sheet could now include large square-cornered windows for better rear visibility, important when backing onto a train. As on the 0-8-0’s the third pair of driving wheels were flange-less Explain 'Flangeless Wheel' and the coupling rods  Explain 'Coupling Rods' in three parts to assist travelling round sharp curves. The livery was black with the insignia ‘L N W R’ on the side tanks in 12in letters. Four lasted to be taken over by British Railways in 1948 and were given BR numbers.

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